Lucy Hargis

Lucy H.

Houston, TX

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Lucy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7 to 60

Teaching since:
1978

I have over 35 years experience teaching piano and voice. I've worked with students from beginners to professionals. My Bachelor's Degree is in Piano Performance and my Master's Degree is in Vocal Performance. For 26 years I taught at HCC Northwest College. Since then I have taught for Houston Piano Company and Lone Star College CyFair, in addition to maintaining my home private studio.

I have worked as a collaborative pianist with Houston Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, The Mississippi Opera, Opera in the Ozarks! Opera in the Heights, Harrower Opera Festival, and American institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria.

Each lesson consists of work on technical aspects (e.g., scales, Hanon exercises) relative to the student's performance experience. For beginners, I use the Alfred method books, choice depending on age of student. For intermediate or advanced students, I choose repertoire from the main musical eras including compete such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy.

Please check out my profile as I was recently rated by Thumbtack as a Top Pro in Houston for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

A voice teacher for over thirty-five years, I concentrate on healthy vocal production, breath support, and tension issues.
My students, from beginners to Metropolitan Opera professionals, have studied opera, musical theater, gospel, country, and pop. For 26 years, I directed the Musical Theater and Opera programs at HCC-Northwest College.

A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, my Master of Music degree is in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. I have worked as musical director/conductor or collaborative pianist with Houston Grand Opera, Opera in the Heights, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz , Austria, Harrower Opera Festival, and EaDo Opera. Musical theater credits include TUTS (Theater Under The Stars), Stageworks, Queensbury Theater, and Upstage Theater, among others.

I have a unique crossover background, In having degrees and performance experience in both voice and piano. I have worked in the vocal studios of over thirty internationally known vocal teachers as an accompanist. This has given me a broad "bag of tricks" from which to draw to helps students. Furthermore I have friends across the opera world to call on for help in advancing my students' careers. My work with many opera companies also helps with this.

My extensive experience as a church musician gives me a unique view to what is needed to be successful in this arena. I have been the church pianist at Second Baptist Church, Chapelwood Methodist Church, First Methodist Church, Rose Hill Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Methodist Church, plus many others through the years.

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Experience

Professor of Voice
Jan 1985 - May 2011
Houston Community College, Houston, TX

Principal Vocal Coach
May 1993 - Jul 2001
Opera in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, AR

Summer apprentice program for young professionals aspiring to an operatic career.

Education

Vocal Performance
Jun 1978 - Aug 1978
American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, AUSTRIA
Master of Music, Vocal Performance
Jan 1977 - Jul 1978
Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance
Sep 1968 - May 1970
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 1982

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Mu Phi Epsilon
Mar 1968

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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National Federation of Music Clubs
Sep 1961

Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.

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